How Do They Destroy the Blacks?

“I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. The Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season’.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
-“Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr., 1963.

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The elites know what they are doing with the African-Americans, and you have to think beyond man-made laws and policies to understand. A President sits in his office, snorts coke and smokes pot, and it’s totally fine, but not for everyone.

It has been really hard for Michael, an African-American, to get a job because he is often profiled as unsuitable for certain positions, not just because of the colour of his skin and the way he speaks, but because he’s just not disciplined and ambitious enough to push against  and through societal stereotypes. His priorities in life are his Jays, his chains, his grillz, and some cash, so he results to selling marijuana and some drugs.

Why? Well, he grew up in a dysfunctional home. He has had very little or no contact with his father because his father is in jail, and his mother’s focus is mainly on survival than on Michael’s psychologically well-being. Michael did not realize as a child that his purpose in life did not revolve around making mixed tapes, playing football, buying sparkling trash and hitting the club.

Michael has been arrested, and he’s on his way to jail too. He already has a son. His girlfriend is now a single mother, and his son, in a few years, wouldn’t even know how to describe his father.

Michael will die in jail. Micheal’s son, Chris, will not learn the average family values, like discipline and the need for ambition. There most likely will not be a proper dad or dad-figure for Chris to look up to.

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The rich get richer because they make themselves and their descendants rich. They teach them the importance of maintaining dominance, of saving. They give their sons small loans of a million dollars or positions at Goldman Sachs after sending them to the best schools. The poor will get poorer; Chris’ mother will be too focused on survival than on training Chris. One thing will lead to another; Chris will replace his father in one of the correctional institutions. The cycle will continue.

“C’est la vie”, but it shouldn’t be. This is just one scenario. Robbery, murder, abuse/molestation, and all sorts of vices often stem from the disruption of Black families. When you disrupt the family, voila!

Dysfunctional families are so functional for the very few who have it all mapped out. That is just one of the means to the desired end. Even when he does nothing wrong and he simply minds his business, the Black man could still be killed. The Few in charge are ruthless. By any means necessary, they cling to power and control, and they’ll make sure that it never slips out of their hands. Slavery was once legal. That something is legal or illegal doesn’t mean it is so for the well-being of everyone involved.

There is more to any society than you can see on your televisions and radios. Enough said.

 

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Pro-Black Should Not Be Anti-White, and Vice-Versa

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More time should be spent uplifting ourselves and one another, as Africans in and outside Africa, than on tearing other people down.The latter should not even be done at all. If injustice is committed against people of your race, face the black person or the white person or whatever person(s) that is responsible and criticize them violently. Don’t attack the whole race.

We were called “monkeys” and “apes” in the past, and the weakest comeback would be creating an Instagram page to inform the world that white people’s skins stink when they don’t have their baths, and whites and blacks should never intermarry. The door! 

More hate between the races is created for followers and likes, and also to seem “woke”, when those “pro-Black” pages are published. Ankh symbols, numerous pictures of Nefertiti and Pharoah (who were Black, yes, but Moremi, Kurunmi and Jaja of Opobo- who were direct ancestors- are never mentioned).

There’s so much richness in the Yoruba and Igbo and Hausa and Ashanti and Tiv histories and cultures, to mention a very few, that have not been adequately explored and discussed. 

Also, those pages tend to be against the Christian religion. All religions have their elements of truth to them but they all have their strengths and weaknesses. That you “worship” Jesus and you eat children shouldn’t make me hate Jesus, or that you worship Allah or Ifa and you rape rams shouldn’t make me hate them. You are not the totality of the religion. 

If you don’t like Jesus, or Ifa, face and honour the ones you like, and uplift them and yourself. Osun olomo yoyo, Oya ayaba Sango, Yemoja-Olokun-Olosa, Esu laalu ogiri oko, Sango (kawo kabiyesi o), Ogun alagbede, Osanyin, Ifa asoro dayo, to mention a few, and all the ancestors (iba e, iba e, eni to nu) are there. Who cares if Jesus was white, black or grey. I embrace all religions; it’s not a competition. 

Afrofuturism should be embraced and more time should be spent fostering love and growth only, rather than ruining people’s healing, spreading hate among the races, and bringing some people down to make some others better. Pan-Africanism must be done correctly.

Push Through

This is the legend of Gbàdà,
the favourite of his former owner.

One day, his chains were removed,
and he was declared a free man.
In excitement, he began to dance,
on the broad road by the plantation,
all day, and all night,
and he hasn’t stopped since then.
He doesn’t know where home is;
he doesn’t know what home was.

He’s been released, but he’s not free yet;
he’ll be free when he stops dancing.
The blindfold’s off but he can’t see yet;
he’ll see when he stops laughing,
when he stops crying,
when he starts moving,
when he starts trying.

Maybe one day, he’ll get home,
if he doesn’t dance himself to death.
The name “Freeman” is as bad as “Ransome”;
he needs very thorough rebirth.

The Earth’s Struggles

We have the colour of the earth,
but we are treated like aliens here.
Those who don’t have the colour of heaven
need to struggle harder than others
to get ‘heaven on earth’.

Everyone lives on earth,
on what it creates, what it supports,
what it gives, the harvest it brings,
but it gets trampled on anyway,
and so do we.

We’ll Get “Bark” to You

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We’re very qualified,
but we’re not.

“Acceptable resumes should be printed on white A4s”,
but we are black ones.

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Our experiences and skills are printed in white,
just like everyone else’s,
but that’s never enough.

They’ll get back to us,
but why wait for the “barks”?
Their backs are already turned at us;
they don’t hire the “darks”.

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Paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977, UK)